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Willie's Locally Known

805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
+1 859-281-1116
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Ranked #50 of 755 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $29
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Lexington, Kentucky
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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Very good pub grub, even vegetarian plates, including BBQ. The best part is that it's a local music venue. Great music several nights a week. Fun place.

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Hazard, KY
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had been wanting to try Willie's Locally Known for a little while and was surprised with a birthday trip on Thursday August 28th. We arrived around 7:30 pm and the band was starting to get ready. I had the Vegetarian platter and was not disappointed. The mac n cheese and the greens were some of the best I've ever... More

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Lansing, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I visited Willie's for a late dinner (around 9pm) on Sat. Aug. 31. I was tired and cranky after a long day of traveling, and the two BBQ joints the hotel receptionist recommended were either closed or too crowded. We ended up at Willie's because it seemed to fit the bill of BBQ and a local, hole-in-the-wall... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I go into Willie's very often and just cannot get enough! every time I go, they call me by name, treat me like a friend, and serve me the best food I've ever had. I go there with my family, alone, with friends, and with my husband. We love it! I constantly find myself looking for the best burger in... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This little dive bar and restaurant was surprisingly good. The menu selections were fantastic and everyone at the table, (all 8 of us) loved the food. Will definitely go back.

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Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Do yourself a favor and order the fried pickles and fried green tomatoes to start with. Everything on the menu is delicious. Great place with a high cover charge to listen to local music. The back patio is covered and really awesome except we sat outside and waited for a server for 15 minutes. Eventually we moved inside so that... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Been a few times and had to have the brisket again. Very tasty and smells outside are as good as the taste of the brisket inside. Lunchtime is better than dinner time as the bands start to play later in the evening and it can get crowded. Still like the brisket best.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My friend and I stopped in for lunch. The food was excellent. I had a burger and he had the pulled pork. It was top notch. We came back 2 nights later for dinner and beers. It was even better. There was a benefit going on and my friend had goat stew and I had the wings. 3rd best wings... More

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What a great find. We were not to sure what we were in for as we drove up to the restaurant. We sat in the parking lot for a moment and decided what the heck lets go in. The restaurant is a music venue bar. We ate here on a Wednesday night. It was not crowded at all. They have... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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169 reviews 169 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is primarily a venue for music at night, and the lunch I had was only OK. Menu leans toward barbecue and other items of that type, but there are salads and sandwiches available. Good selection of draft beers. Decor is underwhelming to say the least, starting with the exterior. Most of the parking is around back.

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